Honeoye, Conesus, and Canandaigua Lake Fishing

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Honeoye has been fishing good all season, but recently the catch rates and bites have slowed. The water has colored and many of the bass are on the thin side. Wacky, drop shot and Texas rigs have been working if fished slow. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. Don’t be afraid to throw spinnerbaits, crank baits and other style baits that will be noisy or give off vibration so the bass can locate your offering. Fish your baits slow.

Conesus Lake has been a challenge for me this year. It has been fishing good for tournaments, but I have to locate bass that novice anglers can catch. Pitching, flipping and drop shooting are not for the novice angler to master during a five hour trip. During a recent trip we had our licenses checked by the DEC and they were surprised that we had been catching some nice fish. Although for me, we were having a slow day, the officers told us that other anglers they checked were catching no fish.

Canandaigua Lake has been on fire this year. Usually I am able to find some active bass, this year has been exceptional and the catch rates reflect the same.We have managed anywhere from 11 to 25 bass on a five hour trip. Color of bait has made a big difference in the catch rate. As light conditions or wave activity changes, often the bait section will have to change along with the color selection. Good fishing, wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.


Honeoye, Conesus and Canandaigua Lakes

Monday, July 30th, 2018

It has been very busy the past two weeks on local Finger Lakes. I spent five days on Canandaigua Lake and it was quite good for largemouth bass. Most were caught on wacky rigged Zoom baits with colors being changed throughout the day.  Trick and finesse worms worked well and when conditions changed we used some salty centipedes AKA French Fries. Bass were anywhere from right on shore to almost twenty feet deep.

Conesus was a test and then we either figured out the right location, the right bait, or they just decided to eat. The quality of the bass was very good. We did best at the South end in six to fifteen feet of water.

Honeoye has been about the same as normal for this time of year. The water has some color and most bass are on the thin side. We have not caught many large fish, and it appears that the large amount of fisherman and the ice fishing may have reduced the overall bass population. Many areas that held quality sized fish for years now yield one or two bass and those are on the small side. Studies have shown that for a bass to reach 4-6 lbs., it would be 7-9 years old. These are also the genetics for continuing the production of larger bass. When a majority of these bigger fish are harvested, you are basically killing the lakes ability to produce a new resource. There is nothing wrong with a fish fry, but take only what you can consume fresh. Do not waste this precious resource. Next time you keep a good breeder to eat, think about the future bass you have just filleted.

Be safe, wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.

Honeoye Lake Bass Fishing

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Some years strange things happen and 2018 is proving to be a zinger. April was cold and then May came through with some extra hot weather. Things were setting up for a big spring of catch and release when May 31 started a downward spiral of the water temperature. In a weeks time the water went from the mid seventies to sixty degrees. Even the northern bass are affected by such a large drop. As the water cooled the bass changed locations and the bite slowed. As the temperature started up ,the activity level increased in the afternoon and we managed to catch more bass in the afternoon and evenings.

Watermelonseed and watermelon/red Zoom trick worms were the preferred bait, but when the water cooled we broke black grape worms in half and slowed the presentation to almost dead sticking. If you are not getting bit, slow down and then slow down more.

Good fishing, be safe wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.


Honeoye Lake May 22nd

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

A very quiet day today probably because of so much rain. Monday we put my neighbors boat in at the NYS ramp and it was quite crowded. I fished with the ultralight last evening for just over an hour and managed 3 largemouths, 2 smallmouths, 3 rockies and a sunny. Just a fun hour on a wonderful lake. The water temperature varied with my location from 64.5 to 66.5 degrees. I expect the water to warm in the next few days, and the bite should turn on big time.

Be safe , wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.



Back in the Finger Lakes @ Honeoye Lake

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

We arrived back in Honeoye on April 27th, a moderate day with nice weather. After unloading the suburban and having the water meter installed, we found that none of our heat sources were functioning. We fired up a little electric heater which is the equivalent to striking a match in a windstorm. It wasn’t much, but we made it do. Melody and I went to work on the heat pump and repaired a bad wire in the unit. That fixed the problem, and the heat pump warmed us up into the mid sixties. Then we tackled the fireplace log set and the Vermont Casting stove. By Sunday afternoon we had the old place warmed up to 84 degrees, and we felt like we were back in Florida.

Several trips for groceries and supplies filled the cupboards and we were officially open. Now the real work started with the changing of boat covers, getting the lawn mowers running and putting the docks in for the season. I finished the docks yesterday, and now we will go through the Ranger and put her in the water for the summer.

Conesus Lake was very cold last Thursday. The water temp was 46.5 to 47.5 degrees and the fish were really turned off. I was quite surprised because when we installed the docks the day before on Honeoye Lake, the water was cool but not bone chilling cold like usual.

This brings us to the issue of safety. With this early season water so cold, remember to wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout. Be safe and we will see you on the water.

Florida Update From the Tennity’s

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

I am sure many of you get a laugh out of my spelling Honeoye Lake wrong, so here goes the explanation, it is the spell check that corrects me for spelling my lake wrong. Very frustrating, but that does not have any detrimental action on the fishing. We have been in Florida about three months and have not been as active as usual. The weather has been marginal and I have done many jobs for people in the community.

The crappie bite is a little late but is very good. Most that were cleaned had no eggs so the spawn may be a little late. Bass on the other hand have been both good and lousy. When the hurricane came up through central Florida, she wreaked havoc on the existing weeds. Areas that we have been fishing for several years are now barren. The bass have not left the lake, but we have not adjusted to the changes as fast as I would have expected. As January comes to a close, some buck bass are moving into the bedding areas followed by a few sows. The next three months should be very very good. With less vegetation, it will concentrate them and make the bass easier to locate. One of the biggest problems with Florida bass fishing is so much of the cover looks like it should hold bass, and it doesn’t. When you do find them it could be a honey hole.

If you are thinking of coming to Florida, keep us in mind for a guided bass fishing trip. If you ice fish, be careful.


Florida Update

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

It is February 6th and the weather is improving each day. Water temperatures are on the rise which is having a positive effect for the bass angler. A trip to the Butler Chain in the Orlando area Saturday was windy and quite cool, slowing the bite down compared to the previous Thursday. The water stayed between 61 and 62 degrees so the bass were a little slow to bite. The following day on Toho, part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, conditions were better, but good shiners were not available.  Some bass got caught early and then the high winds put a damper on things.

Monday dawned with a slightly overcast sky and then sunshine later on. It was a nice warm day and not too hot. Water temperatures rose during the day and the bass at the Winter Haven Chain were on the bite. Customers boated 15 and lost or missed at least 8-10 bass. Several of the bass had big egg sacks but were not fully developed yet. For the next three months, February, March, and April, fishing will be the ideal time to catch a trophy bass. If you can’t make it to the Sunshine State this year, start planning ahead for a visit next winter.

Good fishing, be safe if you are on the ice back home, and if your fishing on open water, wear your life vest.

Check our blog for more reports.


Honey Lake , Canandaigua Lake , Florida

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time is flying by so fast that we have not been able to accomplish all of our goals for this year. The good part is that we will have plenty to keep us busy when we return from Florida in the Spring.

A special thank you to all the folks that used our guide service this year. We hope you enjoyed your time spent with us, and please consider us, Tennity’s Guide Service & Fishing Charters, in your future fishing plans.

The last three trips on Honeoye Lake went quite well. We managed 33 bass on a Thursday, 48 bass on Friday and 25 on Saturday. All fish were released to bite again. Wacky rigs and Texas rigs both caught fish. The colors used depended on water clarity and whether it was sunny or overcast.

On Sunday I met a gentleman for a guide trip on Canandaigua Lake. Several bass in the 3 to 4.5 lb. class were caught, mostly on wacky rigs. The total number caught and released was 20 plus or minus one or two. We did not keep an accurate count, but it was a very productive day.

Remember to wear your life vest as the water temperature is dropping and hypothermia can happen quickly this time of year. Good fishing, and we will see you in the Spring.

Honeoye, Conesus, Canandaigua Lakes

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Tom on Canandaigua

It is September 29th and the season is slowly coming to an end. Mixed weather has been a blessing or a curse, and at times make the bass a challenge to locate. Water temperatures drop and then we have several unseasonably warm days, pushing temperatures back up. Confusing conditions for both bass and angler.

A couple of days on Conesus produced a few bass and a few pike. Good days, but not up to my expectations. The weather was almost too nice for mid September.

Honeoye Lake has been under an algae bloom, but the bass fishing has been quite good. I found that by locating the clearest water, bass could find my offering much better. I also shake the bait, but do not move it horizontally. The vibrations from shaking bait helps a bass locate and strike your presentation. I use 8-10 pound test on spinning rods and 12  pound on bait casting rods. Texas rigged weights are 3/16 ounce, and I match hook size to the bait.

A trip to Canandaigua went very well with several nice bass being caught. The dependable wacky rig worked best. Patience was important. Very clear water and late September mean these bass have seen just about a tackle store full of baits. Since ice out, anglers have been trying to trick them into biting, so a small change in presentation or color can make a huge difference.

Baby brush hogs and trick worms worked at all three of the lakes. Zoom makes very good and affordable products. I use other products, but during the year spend several hundred dollars on these Zoom baits because they work.

Time is slipping by and soon we will pull the Ranger and docks. Winterize everything and make the long drive to Florida. If you are coming to the Sunshine state, consider a guide bass fishing trip with us in central Florida.

Good Fall fishing,

Wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.

Honeoye Lake Report

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Karl with a nice Honeoye Lake bass

It is early September and we have a major algae bloom in progress. Do the bass still bite? The answer is yes. The bloom creates a problem for the bass to eat by sight. It is not that bass are visually impaired, but water conditions limit their distance to see our offerings. I have learned that by shaking the bait in place and limiting the horizontal movement, bass have the ability to locate the bait. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation.

Fall patterns are starting, with the bass scattering and some moving quite shallow. Meanwhile, the spinnerbait/buzzbait bite is picking up. Small square bill crank baits will also work again as fish move closer to shore.

Water temperatures have cooled to the high 60’s and with cooler weather, will drop more. Docks are being pulled so that pattern will be gone. By covering lots of water, you’ll be rewarded.

Good fishing, wear your life vest, maintain a proper lookout.


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